Copenhagen is a great city for shopping, thanks to its compact downtown area, most of which is pedestrian. Walking street Stroget stretches from Radhuspladsen at one end to Kongens Nytorv on the other, with a couple of squares along the way, and contains Danish high street fashion, department stores, toy stores and cafes. For more interesting shopping however, head off the well-beaten path and check out the alternative music stores and vintage clothing boutiques of the Latin Quarter, or creative souvenirs on Kompagnistraede.
Shopping can be expensive, but sales in January and July can offer some great bargains. Visitors from outside the EU are entitled to tax-free purchases. Service is generally friendly and staff will often take their time to gift-wrap, even during the busy holiday season.
Grand old Magasin du Nord has to be top of anyone’s list here on a shopping trip: Scandinavia’s largest and oldest department store, it can be found right on Kongens Nytov Square. Around the corner on Ostergade, rival department store Illum comes a close second.
Fans of timeless Danish design should check out Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen (luxurious china, crystal and silver), or for the best in simple functionality, stores like Hay and the harborfront Paustian. Those who can never get enough pairs of shoes will swoon at the decadent range of Danish footwear boutique Apair.
Shopping malls also exist in Copenhagen. High-end fashion is in focus at small arcade Galleri K, while large malls like the out-of-town Fields and waterfront Fisketorvet are a little more provincial in their ranges. Norreport’s covered gourmet market Torvehallerne is a must for visiting foodies.